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5/11/2012 9:45:00 PM
Youths accused of throwing fist-sized rocks at passing cars
The Daily Courier

COTTONWOOD - A motorist aided Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies in arresting a youth who struck the passenger-side windshield frame and door of his truck with a rock, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn reported.

YCSO deputies responded before 10 p.m. Tuesday to a report of criminal damage to the truck, which was headed east on Highway 260 at Del Rio Drive.

The driver said he stopped the truck, noticed several rocks in the street and began searching the area for culprits, D'Evelyn said.

While walking along the embankment, he spotted two boys hiding in the bushes nearby. He detained a 14-year-old boy from Verde Villages, but the other boy fled.

Meanwhile, deputies observed damage to the truck. They removed about 50 rocks - some which were as large as an adult's fist - from the road.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer arrived within minutes and advised deputies that another vehicle had been struck by rocks.

Deputies interviewed the detained youth, who identified his 12-year-old accomplice and provided a home address. Deputies went to the younger boy's home in Verde Villages and found him hiding in a shed in his back yard.

Both youths admitted involvement, and deputies took them to the Juvenile Detention Center in Prescott. They face charges that include endangerment, criminal damage, disorderly conduct, criminal nuisance and obstructing a highway, D'Evelyn reported.

Authorities notified the youths' guardians. Deputies cited the boys on suspicion of endangerment because of the potential for serious injury that the rocks could have caused.

Deputies are asking possible victims to call YCSO at 771-3260.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2012
Article comment by: R S

Take the parents of ALL misbehaving children to small claims court. For serious offenses. If a 7-17 year old minor causes us to lose enjoyment of our property or quality of life, the parents are legally liable.

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Article comment by: I Bet....

I bet these kids throwing fist-sized rocks at cars have brain-sized rocks in their heads! Who does that? Yes, I understand kids will be kids, but at age 12 and 14, you have got to know better than to do that. They deserve to be prosecuted on all the crimes they were charged with, and ordered to work to pay off the damage (starting as soon as their legally able to work) they have caused to others property (even if that takes into adulthood). Kids of this age have self awareness and know the difference between right and wrong. It should be THEIR punishment to pay back the drivers who's cars they damaged, not their parents. It'll teach them a good lesson on being destructive for the sake of being destructive.

However, the parents aren't totally "off the hook" either. How could you not know where your child is and what they are up to at 10pm, especially on a school night? I suggest, AT THEIR COST, court ordered remidial parenting classes as well as family counseling. When kids are running around unsupervised late at night, throwing rocks at cars, then there is obviously something wrong at home. We the taxpayers didn't choose to have these kids, nor do we deserve to pay for the services needed to get them back on the right track before they become career criminals. If this is a "financial setback" to their parents, too bad. It's your fault for not being parents and watching your kids!

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Article comment by: Detaining A Juvenile? !!!

Mr. Palmer is correct. If this had happened in The People's Republik of Kalifornia, the driver would have been arrested for "touching" a juvenile.

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Article comment by: Cordes Coyote

Wow, that's pretty dangerous.

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Article comment by: Ken In Prescott

Years ago in CA I saw kids dropping about 3/4' rocks onto cars from an overpass. I took the next exit and came back quickly and ran the kids off the overpass and they ran like hell but got tired of trying to outrun the car.
This was before cell phones and I put them both in the car and took them to the police. They were too tired to fight by then.
They already had reports of damages to many cars.
The sad thing is that the parents were going to have to pay the damages.
The kids just don't think about how dangerous this type of stuff is.

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Article comment by: Could have been a perversion of justice

"He detained a 14-year-old boy . . ." Wow - the driver was fortunate that cool heads prevailed in the YCSO and HE wasn't the one who went to jail. I once detained a 20-something gal who punched me in the eye while I was evangelizing in Mesa, AZ. (Arguably a private person arrest, per A.R.S. 13-3884.) Even tho I was the one who called 911, I was the one bleeding and my attacker fled, the Mesa cops threatened me with arrest. (It's on youtube.) An ACLU lawyer acquaintance says I could have been charged with kidnapping! (i.e., false imprisonment.)

So when this driver detained a 14-year old kid, the "assault" of whom is an automatic felony . . . well, this story could have been a real perversion of justice. Again, I'm thankful cool heads prevailed in the YCSO and the real bad guys went to jail.

Mike Palmer

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Article comment by: Just Saying

Release their PARENT's names so those whose cars were damaged can file civil charges.

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